Free Malaysia Today reporters Lisa J Ariffin and Alyaa Azhar have been questioned by police about their accounts on democracy activist Haris Ibrahim’s reported threat to topple the government through a massive street rally.
They were called to give their statements to the ASP Ananthan Rajoo of Dang Wangi district police.
Harris Ibrahim was reported to have said on May 13: “We will take to the streets and take over Putrajaya. If we really want to overthrow them, there is no other way. Democracy does not work. The people cannot wait anymore. We don’t want to wait another five years. We will take the streets.” He said the street protests would go on with or without support from the opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat.
It was not clear if Haris will be investigated under the Sedition Act or under the Penal Code.
Student activist Adam Adli Halim has been arrested under the Penal Code and the Sedition Act, and has been placed in remand, for reportedly calling for the Barisan Nasional to be brought down through street rallies.
ASP Ananthan told Free Malaysia Today that the police had been monitoring Adam’s movements prior to the forum. “He had been calling for a massive street rally even before May 13,” he explained.
On May 13, speakers at a public forum had unanimously agreed that waiting for five years until the next general election was too long, and vowed to force out the Barisan Nasional from government this year.